Reliable West Ham insider EXWHUEmployee has provided an update on the club’s reported hunt for Santiago Ascacibar. EXWHUEmployee has explained that a squad player needs to leave to free up a space for Ascacibar.
According to MDZ, West Ham are interested in Stuttgart midfielder Ascacibar. He could be the next priority for the Hammers once Albian Ajeti signs on the dotted line.
When asked about the Ascacibar rumours, EXWHUEmployee’s response indicated that there was some truth behind the rumours. However, he added that a deal was not close and that one player needed to leave on loan or permanently.
On Twitter, EXWHUEmployee said: “We would have to move out a squad player before that can happen because there isn’t space in the squad. I was told club still exploring options and will address things as deals come up but they don’t have anything close at this point.”
Santiago Ascacibar: The missing piece
As the final weeks of the transfer window approached, West Ham needed to address three areas: central defence, holding midfield and the attack.
Goncalo Cardoso, the 18-year-old Portuguese centre-back, has been brought in to fix the defence. Ajeti looks set to join West Ham as the third striker option. Now, a holding midfielder completes an impressive summer of business.
Ascacibar is the ideal choice. The 22-year-old is young and proven in the Bundesliga. He could also be available on the cheap after Stuttgart were relegated from the German top-flight.
The Irons need another holding midfielder to provide cover and competition for Declan Rice. Carlos Sanchez is not up to the job so the club need to be looking at a late swoop for Ascacibar.